Wednesday, 31 December 2014

Happy New Year!

Ahh, it's been like a month since Ive posted anything, but I've been busy. Planning the big move into our little Cave & shopping.

Louise and I are still doing our (almost weekly) cook offs and now I am getting much better at them. Woohoo.

 I've been too lazy to photograph everything but the last meal made was garlic prawns with garlic spinach and potato patties.

                    I love how with this recipe i was able to sneak in a fair bit of spinach into the patties.

  • 1-pound potatoes (about 4 medium-sized potatoes), boiled, peeled and quartered
  • ¼ cup milk
  • 1 tablespoon butter
  • 1 tablespoon olive oil
  • 1 yellow onion, diced
  • 1 bag (8 to 10 ounces) baby spinach
  • 3 garlic cloves, minced
  • salt and fresh ground pepper, to taste
  • 1 cup shredded parmesan cheese
  • 2 tablespoons lemon juice
  • 1 egg, lightly beaten
  • 2 cups panko crumbs
  • ¼ cup olive oil, for frying (add more as needed)
  • Yogurt
  • Sour Cream
  • Soy Sauce

  1. Combine prepared potatoes and milk in a large mixing bowl; using a potato masher, mash the potatoes until smooth and creamy. Set aside.
  2. Heat 1 tablespoon butter and 1 tablespoon olive oil in a large skillet over medium heat.
  3. Add chopped onions and cook for 2 to 3 minutes, stirring occasionally, until translucent.
  4. Add spinach and garlic to skillet; season with salt and pepper and continue to cook for 2 more minutes, or until spinach is wilted.
  5. Remove from heat and add spinach mixture to the potatoes.
  6. Stir in cheese and lemon juice.
  7. Add egg and panko/bread crumbs; stir until thoroughly combined and smooth.
  8. Shape the mixture into patties.
  9. Heat olive oil in a large skillet.
  10. Working in batches, fry each patty on both sides until golden brown; about 3 to 4 minutes per side.
  11. Transfer potato patties to a paper towel–lined plate.
  12. Serve with yogurt, sour cream, soy sauce, etc...

New Years Eve was better this year then last year.. possibly because i feel like there is so much happening for me in 2015.. the cave, the trips and all that glorious leave from work... or possibly because we were close enough to see the fire works, but far enough to avoid the busy crowds. Albert Park Lake, Cheese platters and wine.

Wednesday, 10 December 2014

Polenta & Herb Crusted Burramundi , roasted potatos

The Herb Crusted Burramundi with roasted potatoes and veg, super easy and so yum!

  • Source for recipe 

  • I added Vegeta, Italian herbs and chives for taste into my polenta mix.

Monday, 8 December 2014

Olive Bread & Potato Soup ( Krompir Juha / Supa)

Louise and I made olive bread(rec here) and it was so very delicious and Louise suggested I use snap seed as I was complaining to her that my photos are lame and not blog worthy.. oh well.  These aren't that much better but who cares... look at the delicousness

My olive bread 
Louises Olive bread

My potato soup
(I don't have Louise's picture of it but I'm sure it looked similar)

Thursday, 4 December 2014

Punjene Paprike - stuffed peppers - Balkan dish

Louise and I did another challenge, this time we made Punjene Paprike / Stuffed Peppers.

This is a traditional Balkan dish recipe here. Except this recipe is WRONG and the sauce needs to be doubled for it to work.

 I also cooked my meat first,  added the cooked rice and other seasonings, combined onion and garlic .. then i filled my peppers. I sealed them with tomato slices before placing them in the sauce.




Next up, its my turn to pick a dish. Wait till she see's what I have in store for her.